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Currently two-thirds of the United States population is overweight or has obesity (based on BMI > 30kg/m2). During the COVID-19 pandemic we learned that having obesity significantly increased the risk of COVID-19 complications and risk of death. Now more than ever it is imperative to optimize the health of individuals affected by obesity. In this talk we will review the pathophysiology of obesity and the importance of using an individualized biopsychosocial approach to address obesity during the pandemic and post-pandemic.
- Identify three screening tools for obesity.
- Describe the increased COVID-19 risks associated with obesity.
- Identify the importance of a wellness based biopsychosocial approach to obesity management.